IDNYC Membership

As a benefit of your IDNYC membership, please enjoy free entry to the newest offering in the Museum's LeFrak Theater: Humpback Whales. The film is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals.

Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii, and the remote islands of Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play, and care for their young.

Free for IDNYC Museum Members and up to four children under the age of 18—See benefits

IDNYC cardholders ages 18 and older are eligible for a free one-year membership at the American Museum of Natural History. Some restrictions apply.

To apply for the free membership offered through IDNYC

Please bring your valid IDNYC card to the Museum membership desk at the Rotunda entrance on 79th street and Central Park West between the hours of 10 am–4:30 pm. A Membership Associate will help you enroll, and you will be able to begin using your membership that day.

The American Museum of Natural History will allow holders of municipal IDs to apply for a 12-month "New York Membership" at the Museum throughout calendar year 2017. Municipal ID holders who have already redeemed a complimentary "New York Membership" at the Museum will not be able to renew it, but will have other memberships available that they can choose to purchase. All additional restrictions still apply.

Important notes

  • This free membership is only available to individuals who are not currently members and who have not been members since January 1st, 2013.
  • IDNYC card holders under the age of 18 are not eligible for this free membership package.
  • This membership is not transferrable, and the card holder must be present.
  • For more information about the IDNYC program, including how to obtain the ID, and information about other institutions, please click here.
  • For more information about American Museum of Natural History membership with IDNYC, please email us.
  • Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.

Benefits of the 2017 New York membership include:

  • Free unlimited general admission to the Museum (plus up to four additional visitors under the age of 18 when accompanied by NY Membership holder): Individuals will receive unlimited complimentary general admission to the iconic 45 permanent halls of the Museum.
  • Free admission to the LeFrak Theater: Individuals (and individuals accompanied by up to four children under the age of 18) will receive complimentary tickets for Giant Screen Films shown in the LeFrak Theater, which shows 3D films. Enjoy the newest offering: Wonders of the Arctic. The film takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail journey into the awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness of America's national parks.
  • Notice of upcoming educational programming: throughout the year, the Museum's scientific and educational staff conducts numerous scientifically-based educational programs for members and the public to attend. Members will receive advanced notice of these programs via email.
  • Discounts in Museum Shops and Restaurants: Individuals will receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases and a 15% discount on purchases in Museum Cafes and the Food Court.
  • A Museum Membership Card: Individuals will receive an American Museum of Natural History membership card that will allow them to receive priority service at the Members-only ticketing desks. Individuals must also present their IDNYC card during every visit to receive these services.
  • All Members must provide a valid email address to receive informational updates about the Museum.

Benefits Chart

New York Member Benefits General
LeFrak Theater
Space Show
Temporary Exhibitions
AND Space Show
1 Adult and
up to 4 Children
FREE FREE Adult: $25.00
Senior/Student: $20.50
Child: $13.50
Adult: $25.00
Senior/Student: $20.50
Child: $13.50
Adult: $35.00
Senior/Student: $28.00
Child: $22.00

Renewing once your IDNYC Membership expires

If your idNYC membership here at the Museum has expired or is about to expire, we have great news! While your free membership through idNYC is not renewable, we're thrilled to offer you this opportunity to continue your Museum membership for the coming year–with additional benefits, and for a discount of the standard rate. Select one of the two options below:

Dual Membership (2 Adults): $115 $75
Family Membership (2 adults and up to 4 kids): $150 $100

Benefits with your renewal purchase will include:

  • FREE general admission every day
  • FREE temporary exhibition tickets every day. FREE introductory tickets for 2D/3D giant-screen movies or live-animal exhibitions
  • Half-price tickets to see Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the newly-renovated Hayden Planetarium
  • Invitations to dozens of Members-only programs and events
  • Discounts at Museum shops and cafés
  • Free 1-year subscription to ROTUNDA, the Member magazine

To take advantage of this offer, please call the membership office at 212-769-5606 between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays, or visit any membership desk in the Museum and speak with a representative.